Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are encouraged to take all the necessary precautions in order to stay safe from the virus, including not moving around without a face-mask. The face masks were imposing a new challenge for the deaf, as they depend on lip-reading to communicate.
A deaf Indonesian couple in Makassar, Sulawesi, started producing cloth masks with transparent plastic in the middle to help fellow deaf people.
“Since the pandemic started, everyone is wearing face masks. For deaf people, we can’t understand what others are saying because we can’t read their lips,” said 52-year-old Faizah Badaruddin.
The couple used to sew cushions, bed sheets and curtains for customers. But since the outbreak of the virus, they looked up instructional videos online to work out how to produce masks for the hearing impaired.